It's time to face your
Nemesis! This beast of a ride is the last word in thrill rides,
sitting deep within it's pit willing to make prey of anyone who
ventures too near.
The ride is based around a being, disturbed during routine maintenance
work within Forbidden Valley. A monster so powerful it created a large hole in the Staffordshire
countryside and has had to be pinned down with hundreds of tonnes of steel,
creating the Nemesis we know today.
It is partly due to the
marvellous theming and storyline which make Nemesis so different to other roller coasters throughout the world, another dimension has been added to the ride by setting it deep in the ground and making the ride twist around the station, themed as the monster.
Because the ride is hidden in a valley the first time you see the ride properly is when you are about to join the queue
and an immense anticipation is created by simply walking
towards the ride itself. Indeed for first time riders you really don't know what to expect when you turn the corner.
When Nemesis opened in 1994 Alton Towers billed it as ''the
ultimate thrill ride'' and it certainly lives up to this
statement and even today is still ranking as one of the top
coasters in the world.
The legend Nemesis is based around was entirely created by the
Tussauds marketing department and adds to the overall effect
of the ride, much more then a traditional marketing campaign
could have done. Indeed Nemesis was so successful in it's
marketing that the park has tried to reproduce the same effect
several times since, most notable with Oblivion and Hex.
When the ride was introduced in 1994 the technology used was
still pretty new, Nemesis being an inverted roller coaster,
which means you board the ride underneath the track and your
legs dangle freely. At the time this sent shockwaves though
the UK's theme park industry, as nothing quite like it had
been seen before - the nearest similar system being the
Vampire at Chessington World of Adventures - however now it is quite common for parks to have inverted coasters.